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old woman w cigar

An old woman lights her cigar at market. Love the towel.


Many men chewed betel nut with lime (the alkaline coral kind, not the green citrus kind), wrapped in a betel leaf, sometimes with spices added . (It also causes mouth and throat cancer, but is reputed to prevent cavities, take yer pick.) Nasty bitter stuff, betel, and it stains teeth and mouth a rather dramatic dark red. They spit the juice, making a crimson stain where it hits.


Some women, on the other hand, had these hand rolled cheroots, fragrant and rich smelling, and HUGE. Strange to see a small woman with such a big cigar, but it was actually pretty common.

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Taken on November 23, 2004